Smart today announces its partnership with Twitter to bring Filipinos free use of the app during the entire time Pope Francis will be in the country.
Starting January 15, Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk ‘N Text subscribers can text DEARPOPE to 9999 to register and avail of this free service. The use of the app with no charge includes tweeting real-time, uploading photos, and most especially reaching out to the Pope. You may follow his Twitter account (@Pontifex) to get updates and also by using the hashtag #DearPopeFrancis if you want to send your prayers.
Once you’ve successfully registered, you can simply go and open your Twitter mobile app or go to the site (m.twitter.com) on your phone’s browser for the whole duration of the Papal visit. Smart reminds us to have at least Php1 load balance every day or are otherwise subscribed to any plan, promo, or bundle to enjoy this free service. This goes on top of the existing 30MB of the company’s Free Internet promo.
Please pray with me for everyone in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as I begin my trip.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 12, 2015
“Twitter is excited to partner with Smart to enable all Filipinos to get closer to the Pope and connect with the local community for this historic occasion – from expressing their hopes and prayers using Tweets with #DearPopeFrancis hashtag as well as getting real-time updates, photos and conversations in their Twitter timeline on Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to the Philippines. Most importantly, join the Twitter flock and sign up now to follow the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex) during his visit, so that you can be one of the first to get the Pope’s Tweets via the Twitter app on your Smart mobile device,” said Arvinder Gujral, Director Business Development, India and SE Asia, Twitter.
More details of the Pope’s visit, including #DearPopeFrancis Tweets, videos, stories and the Pope’s itinerary, can be found at dearpopefrancis.ph.